Getting up early for an Anzac ‘Self Service’

Reverend Marie Gilpin and Mount RSA executive committee member Norm Harvey at the Dawn Service at the Mount Cenotaph in 2018.

Mount Maunganui RSA chaplain Rev Marie Gilpin would normally be very involved in Anzac Day Dawn and Civic Services.

In fact she usually holds services all week for local rest home residents and others in the community who can’t get out to the civic services.

This year she is handing her secret recipe out to anyone who wants it and has provided her order of service and other resources to use.

“The service is simple and authentic, and I would be happy for families and groups to access and use the resource, to 'remember them', tomorrow.

“I live in Pacific Coast Village and our little street will be celebrating Anzac, using this resource.”

An Anzac Day service

Music can be accessed from YouTube. That includes songs like the National Anthem God of Nations, Sons of Gallipoli sung by Chris Skinner and the Last Post-Ode-Reveille.

If the service is to be held outside, a lighted candle in a jar/glass/vase, will help it stay alight, Rev Marie says.


led by Rev’d Marie Gilpin – MT. Maunganui RSA Chaplain


As we prepare for our special day, let us remember those who died in the service of their country.

They went with songs to battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;

They fell with their faces to the foe.

From Laurence Binyon’s “For the fallen”


Opening prayer - Invocation Prayer

Lord God, be with us this morning as we gather to pay tribute to those who have been involved in our Nation’s battles. As we remember those who have died in war, let us commend their souls again to God’s eternal mercy; and let us pray that He will give us grace to serve Him unto our life’s end. Amen

Bible reading – Ecclesiastes 3


HYMN: God Defend New Zealand

E Ihowa Atua, (Ihoa)
O ngā iwi mātou rā,
āta whakarongona;
Me aroha noa.
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai; Manaakitia mai

God of nations! at Thy feet
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our Free Land.
Guard Pacific's triple star,
From the shafts of strife and war, Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
  Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky
  The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
  We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
  In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
  To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
  If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
  In Flanders fields. -John McCrae

Sons of Gallipoli – Chris Skinner (Song-found on Utube)



Loving God, we remember before You, all who have lived and died in the service of mankind, especially those who have given their lives in the service of their country. We give thanks for their courage, their devotion to duty, and their sacrifice of life itself, so that our nation may live in peace and freedom. Amen

RSA Tribute


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them. WE WILL REMEMBER Them



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